WASHINGTON -- For Brian Pothier, the last week has been little more than a blur.
A week ago today, Pothier woke up as a member of the Washington Capitals. By mid-afternoon, the defenseman had been traded to the Hurricanes. A day later, he was wearing No. 5 and in the Canes' lineup against the Ottawa Senators at the RBC Center, then flying off to play the Florida Panthers and Atlanta Thrashers.
Tonight, it comes back full swing, so to speak. He'll be back on the Verizon Center ice with the Caps, but looking to beat the Caps.
"You're on a team, you're in a community, your kids are in school, you have a house, everything is normal," Pothier said after today's morning skate at the Verizon Center. "Then, in 10 seconds, you get the news you're not going to be there anymore."